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New York Times bestseller!

Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he'd give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade and Rutherford have in common is the music that lives inside them. And songwriting is all Blade has left after Rutherford, while drunk, crashes his high school graduation speech and effectively rips Chapel away forever. But when a long-held family secret comes to light, the music disappears. In its place is a letter, one that could bring Blade the freedom and love he's been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A rhythmic, impassioned ode to family, identity, and the history of rock and roll." --Booklist, starred review

"Many readers will identify with Blade's struggle to find his place in a family where he feels like an outsider." --Publishers Weekly

"The authentic character development and tone will strike a chord with young adults." --School Library Journal

Publisher: Blink,, 2017.
ISBN: 9780310761907
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda


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JCLEmmaF Jul 17, 2018

Born to a legendary and chronically addicted rock star father, Blade Morrison just wants to spend some time with his girlfriend and his guitar in a drama-free zone. When a family secret is exposed, Blade's life changes completely and sends him on a new journey.

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ArapahoeLaura Jun 26, 2018

A boy whose music and whose identity are closely intertwined. Listen to the audiobook to hear acoustic versions of the songs!

ArapahoeLaura Jun 26, 2018

A boy whose music and whose identity are closely intertwined. Listen to the audiobook to hear acoustic versions of the songs!

Feb 26, 2018

After reading Crossover and Booked I have become a fan of Kwame Alexander's writing. This book about Blade Morrison's epic journey to find himself does not disappoint. There is rock 'n roll history, a family mystery, world travelling and more. You might just need your tissues handy like I did. Highly recommended.

Jan 13, 2018

A unique book with a sincere and heartfelt story. This book was a journey and I was along for the ride.

I will be honest -- I don't like books written in verse. This is why during our #TBRTakeover that Alyson put SOLO on my list. I was pleasantly surprised and inspired to read more books written in verse.

I had no idea what this book was about going into it and I think that made it all the better. I was surprised at the direction of the plot, the twists and turns. Not like a thriller, but a journey. The struggle between Blade and his father, Blade and his past, Blade and Chapel...I bought into all of it. The only reason it's not a five stars for me was I struggled at a lot of points with how obsessive Blade was with his relationship and he was whiney about it at points. It was the least interesting part of the story for me, but I believe it added to some of Blade's weaknesses as a 17 year old male. It was realistic and agonizing at points. But truly a story about self discovery which I enjoyed.

Finally, if you are going to pick up this book LISTEN TO THE AUDIOBOOK. It's read by Kwame Alexander and the songs Blade writes are actually sung on the audiobook. It enhances the entire story and the reading experience.

Nov 01, 2017

This is another great Kwame Alexander book. Blade is constantly frustrated by his famous musician father, and hopes to finally make a name for himself when he graduates from high school. Blade is overshadowed by just about everyone in his life, but also has a lot of opportunities that other high school seniors don't have. The story takes an unexpected turn halfway through, and Blade gets his wish to leave. However, he still can't escape his father's shadow. The language in the book captures the different settings and evokes the music that permeates the story.


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